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The evolution of cataract surgery

 

The eye is one of surgeryís oldest interests. There are numerous references to cataracts and their treatment in the literature of many ancient civilisations. Perhaps the first is in the Code of Hammurabi (1750 BC).This includes a schedule of payments for the surgeon, should sight be restored, along with the penalty of the removal of the surgeonís fingers should the patient die or lose their eye.

January 12, 2001 Optom Today

Konrad Pesudovs BScOptom PhD DipAdvClinOptom
FVCO FAAO FCLSA
David B Elliott BSc PhD MCOptom FAAO

Accepted for publication: October 2001

 

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Couching of a cataract depicted on a Roman relief

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